[sword-devel] Bible Software Review
jonmmorgan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 23:11:02 MST 2008
On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 3:01 PM, jonathon <jonathon.blake at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jonathan Morgan wrote:
> >> I'm still pretty well certain that we have the widest selection of modules among free programs, too, so it's a bit annoying that programs who've copied our library got higher marks. It seems like we ought to get a little credit for the fact that The Word, e-Sword, Online Bible, and Zefania are all enjoying content that came from us.
> > I would have thought that e-Sword has more modules than we do.
> If user created resources are included, then e-Sword has thousands
> more than The Sword Project. If one just compares resources at
> e-sword.net and estudysource.com with those available for The Sword
> Project, then I think that it is a tie.
> Originally, I think the Online Bible was used for the source for free
> Bible Study programs. Then Sword Project resources were used. The
> current trend appears to be to use e-Sword resources.
> > Anyway, you can't really expect a person investigating the usefulness of available software to determine whether it has been helped by the work of others.
> > Again from the usability point of view, I claim that if a person cannot use a feature, the fact that it is there does not help them.
> Cannot use the feature, or hasn't bothered to learn how to use the feature?
>From the developer's point of view there is a difference. From the
user's point of view, there isn't really a difference. Again from the
usability side of the camp, a lot of things that developers say are
things that users couldn't be bothered to learn (and I as a developer
have said it a lot myself) are actually problems with the design.
Some learning is expected if you wish to use a piece of software. The
question really is "Where is the line drawn between bad design and
apathetic users?" People like Don Norman and Alan Cooper (whose books
I very much like) say that it is mostly the fault of the designer. It
is hard to judge in general, but I now tend towards that camp, and so
my comments come from that angle.
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